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Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
Quick Facts : Diagnostic Medical Sonographers*
2010 Median Pay$64,380
Entry Level EducationAssociate's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201253,700
Job Outlook44% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change23,400


Diagnostic medical sonographers use special imaging equipment that directs sound waves into a patient?s body to assess and diagnose various medical conditions. This procedure is commonly known as an ultrasound, sonogram, or echocardiogram which helps in providing proper treatment.

What Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Do

  • Apply a gel to aid the sound waves' ability to show the inside of the body
  • Operate equipment to get diagnostic images of areas in the patient's body
  • Recognize the difference between normal and abnormal images
  • Analyze images to provide preliminary findings for physicians
  • Record findings and keep track of patients' records

Work Environment

Most diagnostic medical sonographers work in hospitals. Some work in physicians' offices or imaging clinics. Sonographers may be on their feet for long periods and may need to lift or turn disabled patients.
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Job Outlook

Employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to grow by 44 percent from 2010 to 2020 .
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Pay

The average salary of diagnostic medical sonographers was $64,380 in May 2010.
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Diagnostic Medical Sonographers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

64380

Healthcare Occupations

58203.2

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers*
Percent Change in Employment

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

43.5754

Healthcare Occupations

25.417691284418105

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

Diagnostic medical sonographers need formal education, such as an associate's degree or a postsecondary certificate. Many employers also require professional certification. Some sonographers graduate with a degree in radiologic technology or nursing and then receive on-the-job training by their employer.
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